“…After enduring sloppy punctuation on the street sign outside his home for more than a year, Stefan Gatward could stand it no longer. The 62-year-old former soldier decided to launch a one-man crusade against ‘dumbed down’ Britain, and picked up a paintbrush to insert a missing apostrophe. This turned the incorrect St Johns Close into the correct St John’s Close.
“…But he was immediately accused of being a vandal by one neighbour, and his amendments have been scratched off by others who apparently prefer the wrong version. The 62-year-old’s defence of the apostrophe comes after Birmingham council announced it would scrap the punctuation from council signs for the sake of ‘simplicity’. Mr Gatward, who served for four years in the Gordon Highlanders in the 1960s, is not just a campaigner for the apostrophe.
He will not join the ‘five items or less’ queue at the supermarket, in protest that the sign should read ‘five items or fewer’. He also gets annoyed when people-neglect the ‘Royal’ in ‘Royal Tunbridge Wells’, and was vexed when he saw a major chain store advertising sales with signs saying ‘until stocks last’ rather than ‘while stocks last’.
‘I fought for the preservation of our heritage and our language but some people seem happy to let that go. I’m not,’ he said. ‘I feel very strongly about the English language. These days people write in text-speak and nobody knows how to use the apostrophe.’…” More in the Daily Mail here
Apparently peeps are up in arms about his vandalizing of the street signs etc yet he IS in the right. Obviously one thinks Virgo to the max but his eyes look sort of Ariean and that fits his combative spirit. I actually have the Pluto Rising Piscean Druid in England attempting to find out Mr Gatward’s sun sign. But as he works as an accountant for the Catholic Church, that could be tricky. I thought also Taurus but i doubt a Taurus would actually deface council property, even if he were in fact correct.
Imagine being his Missus. He’d correct you. “No I think what you mean is ‘whom giveth a shit’”